I'm receiving the following error message when trying to add or update a list item.

"the server was unable to save the form at this time. please try again"

The list has some folders and I assigned special permissions on each folder.

When I'm logged in as Folder X User I can't edit list items inside this folder, even though my group has full control on this folder.

I can edit normally when I log in as administrator.

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In case you got this error for all users.

  • SharePoint Search Host Controller service may need to restart to free up some memory space.
  • Anonymous Authentication was disabled in IIS.
  • “minFreeMemoryPercentageToActivateService” attribute is not set to serviceHostingEnvironment Tag in Web.Config.
  • The farm wasn’t updated with at least March 2013 PU / Service Pack 1.

In case you got this error for a specific user.

  • If your list has unique permissions and a user/group has permissions only on that list and has limited or no access at the site level, then you run into this error.

For more details check The server was unable to save the form at this time. Please try again in SharePoint 2013


OK the fix is that Folder X User need at least read permission on the site besides the fact you assign full control on the list folder

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